A special farewell event was held Friday, December 15 for Jackie Dunkin, H.R. Director (retiring), and Laurie Johnson who is moving on to a new employment opportunity.
As a tribute to Jackie’s many years of service, John Hicks, hospital President and CEO said, “In her more than 34 years, Jackie has helped grow PVMC from around 200 employees in 1983 to nearly 800 employees today. She was with HR when the first computer systems and fax machines were installed – and look at how far we’ve come since then! As is true for many of us, our recent integration with SCL Health has provided a unique set of challenges for PVMC. Jackie has helped us navigate some very complex employee relations and benefits matters. “
“Although times have changed since Jackie first started, managing Human Resources remains at the core of our ability to survive. Jackie has always been able to delicately navigate the complex nature of employee relations. It is her gentle spirit and listening ears that have brought stability to some very difficult situations. We have deeply relied upon Jackie’s flexibility and patience to steer us through some of the more challenging times and situations. She has always put the needs of others before her own.
Thank you Jackie for your many years of service, your loyalty, dedication, and compassion for all. We wish you all the best as you move into this new chapter of your life called retirement.”
Mr. Hicks also shared some thoughts as a tribute to Laurie.
“Thank you Laurie for your untiring dedication to PVMC and the mission of positive patient encounters; this is not easy when your job is asking for payment when patients and their families would rather spend their money on vacations or buy a new TV. I especially want to thank you for keeping your vision for the transition to SCL intact; I think it was your ability to communicate that vision with your staff that kept them engaged throughout the transition.”
Harold Dupper, your former supervisor, wanted to be sure we acknowledged your good work in the Patient friendly statement project, as well as the PASC project. He said “One Call” was your vision for the PASC call center. He considered you a great staff developer. You were constantly focused on how to improve staff performance through education/training and you were great at internally recognizing and building talent.
All of us here at PVMC want to wish you well as you move into your new role there in Estes Park.
Farewell note for Laurie Johnson from Amanda and Vianey
We’ve had the privilege of working with Laurie for 15+ years all combined, and it has been an excellent journey. Throughout the years, together we have gained a wealth of knowledge and developed a great working relationship as a team.
Laurie would always refer to us as her “Right and Left hand;” however, we believe it took all 3 of us to successfully manage the Patient Financial Services (PFS) department all these years.
One of our takeaways as we bid you farewell, is to continue recycling across the world, because we won’t have you around ensuring we are not placing recyclable items in our waste bins. Go Green!
We appreciated her encouragement, which pushed us to become better leaders for our associates. You have been a colleague and mentor whom we have treasured and we will miss you. We wish you boundless success with your new position in Estes Park.
Amanda and Vianey (Your Right and Left hand)